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Office 2003 and 2007 compatibility

Question : We just upgraded to Office 2007 at home, but at work I still use Office 2003. The files between the two versions do not seem to be compatible. Am I doing something wrong ?

Answer : No, you're not. Office 2007 uses a new XML-based file format for all applications, and in order to retain backward compatibility with Office 2003, you can choose one of a couple options.

First, open your copy of Word 2007 on your home machine. Click the button with the Office logo, located in the upper left-hand corner of the title bar, and then click the Word Options button at the bottom of the menu.

In the resulting Word Options box, select Save from the left-hand panel, and from the "Save files in this format" drop-down dialog box, select the "Word 97-2003 Document" option, and click OK.

Repeat this procedure in each Office 2007 application for which you would like the files to be compatible with Office 2003.

Your other option is to download Microsoft's Office Compatibility pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 file formats.

The compatibility pack is available to Office XP and Office 2003 users. Once installed, the pack will enable those older versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the open files from Office 2007.


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